Odenigbo Computing Schools of Interest

Ohio defensive standout Ifeadi Odenigbo not allowing outside sources to influence his college decision.

With summer looming, most high school seniors-to-be are thinking about the girl they are about to take out on a date or just hanging out with friends. This is not the case for Scout.com 4-star outside linebacker/defensive end Ifeadi Odenigbo who just finished finals. How did things go?

"Finals are all done. They went pretty well and I feel I did pretty good. The only hard ones were chemistry and math, but it's all good."

While most of his classmates may be looking to head off to the local pools or amusement parks, Ifeadi was getting his senior football season started.

"Football started today (Thursday). I woke up at 4 o'clock this morning and was there from 4:45 to about 10 o'clock today."

One thing that has been consistent the past two weeks has been questions about what is going on at Ohio State. The Buckeyes are one of many schools that have offered the 6-foot-4, 200-pound Centerville (Ohio) native a scholarship. And with several former Elks having become Buckeyes, some feel OSU has a clear shot in getting Ifeadi in their recruiting class.

"It's been hectic the last week or two because of the whole Ohio State incident. There have been so many people who think I'm guaranteed to be going to Ohio State because I'm from the state of Ohio and my teammate and friend Michael Bennett is going there. So I've had so many reporters wanting to talk with me. Besides that everything else has been pretty good."

How has Ifeadi looked at the situation with the Buckeyes?

"It can be annoying at times because these are people that I've never met in my entire life and they just assume I'm going to Ohio State because we've had people like Kirk Herbstreit, A.J. Hawk, Mike Nugent and now Michael go there.

"What people don't understand is that I'm very open to every school and Ohio State doesn't really have an advantage just because I'm surrounded by Ohio State. I cannot let other people influence my decision because they want to see me wear their uniform. We all have our own reasons for doing things and I've got to pick a school that is right for me and for my own personal reasons."

While the phone has continued to ring, Ifeadi has been looking away from football and trying to stay focus on his other sport.

"I've not really been focusing too much about football because of track season. During track season I kept telling myself that I'm a track runner who happens to be good at football. We were state runner-up and I made state for the 4x200 and our team got third."

How much of a difference have the past couple of years been for Ifeadi?

"It's really been a huge culture shock and I'm grateful to God. This shows you that hard work and perseverance does pay off and you need to be patient. To go from one year (sophomore) not playing any varsity to a year (junior) that was my first year starting and now I'm coming back with momentum and trying to help my team have a great year is amazing."

As for his interest in Notre Dame and a possible visit, Ifeadi is trying to work out the details.

"I'm going to try my best to get back up there so we'll see how it goes. I was planning to go up there this weekend. However, Coach Kelly is not going to be there. So I'm going to try and get it into my schedule.

"I've already been up there once and I wanted to get my parents up there to see what it's like. So we'll see how it goes."

As for what he's remembered most about his last visit to campus, Ifeadi knows Irish football is special.

"The main thing that has stuck with me about Notre Dame is the tradition. When you talk with people they tell you it is something special. And when you walk around there you can tell it is something special about it. The tour they gave us was incredible and the facilities they have are nice. Notre Dame is a nice school."

With parents who are stressing academics, the Irish find themselves at the top of the defenders schools of interest. However, there are a couple schools that have something that has caught his eye.

"Because of their academics Notre Dame has an advantage as do some of the others schools I'm looking at like Stanford and Cal.

"I'm going to visit Stanford next week as I'm going to fly to California. I was going to try and visit UCLA, but it's just too far away. The reasons I'm really interested in the west coast schools is because the west coast schools have great computer science programs and that is what I want to major in. Companies like Google, Yahoo and Facebook are all out there.

"I think Stanford has the number once computer science program in the country and I believe Cal has the second best or is in the Top Five."

While distance might sway most Midwest prospects away, there are family ties to the area.

"I have a very, very close uncle that we're staying with when we go out there who lives in San Francisco. I also have an aunt that lives in San Francisco too that we're going to visit. If I would go there I could visit my uncle on weekends as Stanford is like forty minutes away and Cal is like twenty minutes away."

As for when he's looking to make his college choice known, Ifeadi hopes to know soon.

"I feel I'll find out a lot once I take these college visits. So once I get these visits out of the way I will have seen the schools I'm very interested in and will have had a chance to see the people, meet the admission people and get a feel for the overall atmosphere of the school. Those I have high interest in will remain and the others will not be in my running any more.

"If I can't make my decision by the start of my football season I'll make it after my season is over."

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